It’s been no secret in recent months that Android has drawn enough attention to become the centerpiece for several ongoing patent-related lawsuits. While the numbers constantly show Android leading the pack in smartphone growth again and again, Google’s patent portfolio is severely lacking compared to their competitors. Today David Drummond, Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, took to the Official Google Blog to call those competitors out for stifling innovation and fighting with their patents instead of their products.
The reason behind the rant is rather simple. Apple and Microsoft have teamed up (two companies who have “always been at each other’s throats”) to purchase Novell and Nortel’s patent portfolios in order to suck money out of Android manufacturers and slow competition. While this isn’t really news for anyone who keeps up with Android, this is the first time Google has gone on the complete offensive and called the “Rockstar” group of patent trolls out:
...Android and other platforms are competing hard against each other, and that’s yielding cool new devices and amazing mobile apps for consumers.
But Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.
...We’re not naive; technology is a tough and ever-changing industry and we work very hard to stay focused on our own business and make better products. But in this instance we thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we’re determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it.
...Unless we act, consumers could face rising costs for Android devices – and fewer choices for their next phone. David DrummondGoogle
With 231 carriers and 39 manufacturers activating some 550,000 Android devices every single day, it’s no wonder companies like Apple, Microsoft and Oracle are willing to fight back any way they can. It’s about time Google stood up for themselves and let the world know they will not be defeated by underhanded shady business tactics. Keep fighting the good fight, Google. You’ve got plenty of diehard users willing to back you up.